PETALING JAYA: S. Sivasangari gave world No. 5 Amanda Sobhy a scare before going out in the second round of the prestigious British Open. The national No. 2 squash player won the opener 11-9 but the American came back strongly to take the next two games 11-2, 11-6 at the University of Hull yesterday.
Sivasangari provided some resistance in the fourth game but Sobhy pulled ahead at 7-all to win 11-8 to book her place in the last 16 today.
Sivasangari, who is based in the US, overcame English wild card Georgina Kennedy 15-13, 14-12, 13-15, 9-11, 11-6 in Monday’s first round.Meanwhile, national men’s No. 1 Ng Eain Yow and women’s No. 3 Rachel Arnold cleared their opening hurdles in convincing fashion.
Rachel carved out an impressive 11-3, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4 win over Egypt’s Hana Ramadan to earn a last 32 match-up against England’s Lucy Turmel.
Rachel, ranked world No. 43, was pleased to finally turn the tables on the Egyptian as she had lost in two previous meetings.
“I was a bit nervous and tense, but I’m glad I got the win. In our last match I made a lot of errors and didn’t do my best but I felt more confident today, which helped,” said Rachel.
Eain Yow was also in control as he clinched an 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 win over France’s Benjamin Aubert.
“I knew it was going to be tricky as Benjamin has a good record coming in, but I’m pleased with how I approached it and executed my game plan,” said Eain Yow.